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Yahoo says detected hacking attempt on email accounts

Published on Jan 31, 2014 7:18 AM
 
The Yahoo logo is shown at the company's headquarters in Sunnyvale, California in this file photo from April 16, 2013. Yahoo Inc said it had detected a coordinated effort to obtain Yahoo Mail usernames and passwords using malicious computer software. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

(REUTERS) - Yahoo Inc said it had detected a coordinated effort to obtain Yahoo Mail usernames and passwords using malicious computer software.

The company, which said there was no evidence that passwords or usernames had been obtained directly from its systems, said it had taken immediate action to protect affected users by prompting them to reset passwords.

Yahoo also said in an announcement on its Tumblr site that it was using second sign-in verification to allow users to re-secure their accounts.

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